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Chapter 1. What Is a Positive Attitude? > A Positive Attitude Makes Problem Sol...

A Positive Attitude Makes Problem Solving Easier

Business is competitive and it usually moves fast for everyone, no matter where you are on the organization chart. Everyone! If your job includes managing or supervising people or decision making of any kind, dealing with problems that need to be solved is simply part of “what you do” every day. A positive attitude is part of the foundation that enables you to address a problem and take effective action to solve it. If you lose touch with your positive attitude, problem solving becomes more difficult and sometimes impossible.

You’ve probably seen this happen: someone with a negative attitude confronts a problem by chasing symptoms instead of identifying the real problem; they focus on blame instead of solutions; the cooperation of others they need for implementing a solution is sometimes damaged. Their negative attitude turns a typical day-to-day problem into a trouble spot that stays touchy for days. The same problem–if addressed with a positive attitude–could have been solved by four o’clock, and everyone would have felt good about it. The difference–and it was a negative difference–was all in the problem solver’s attitude.


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